Can the Heat Get Hot in the Month of December?

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

The Miami Heat open their December schedule in a position that many did not think they would be after losing LeBron James. They also opened December with a loss to the Washington Wizards. The team is 9-8, and is 3rd in the Southeast Division. They also sit at the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami started the season with a 5- 3 record, but Dwayne Wade went down for 7 games with a hamstring injury. Miami was without a second consistent scoring threat, and they went 3-4 without their emotional leader. The Heat start December with Wade in the lineup, and they will need him to improved their 22nd ranked scoring offense. Also, Miami has struggled to rebound effectively, and is 30th in the NBA with 36.9 rebounds per game. With the return of Wade, the Heat have an opportunity to make some noise in the month of December. However, Miami won’t be able to make that push without correcting the huge holes in their defense. Fans have been paying an average price of $193.38 to see Miami play this season, but during the first week of December with the exception of the Washington game, fans can see the team for an average of $87.59 on the secondary market.

12/03/14 vs. Atlanta Hawks| Average Price: $94.00| Get-in Price: $9.00

The Heat welcome the Atlanta Hawks to American Airlines Arena for an attempt at revenge against a division rival. Miami fell to Atlanta on the road by a score of 114- 103. Miami had major defensive issues, allowing 8 Hawks to finish the night in double-figures. Also, Atlanta power forward Paul Millsap and center Al Horford were able to exploit the Heat inside and combine for 38 points. If the Heat are to win this time around, Heat forward Chris Bosh will have to improve his efficiency after going 7-19 from the floor and 0-3 from the three-point line in the first meeting. Fans are paying $94.00 on average for this game, but you can get in to the stadium with Heat tickets going for as low as $9.00.

12/05/14 at Milwaukee Bucks| Average Price: $69.60| Get-in Price: $15.00

Miami travels to Milwaukee for another revenge match against Brandon Knight and the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee came to Miami and left with a 91-84 victory over the Heat. Knight dominated the Heat to a tune of 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Knight was also four of seven from the three-point line. In the previous matchup, Miami mightily struggled on the offensive end. Chris Bosh was only 2-17 from the field and one of six from beyond the arc. Small forward Luol Deng was almost as bad, making only three of his eleven shots. Look for Miami to improve those numbers, as Bosh has since emerged from his scoring slump. The Heat as a team was 41.1% from the floor, and can be expected to improve those numbers in this matchup. Fans are paying $69.60 for tickets to this game, but the get-in price is only $15.00 making this game one of the cheapest NBA tickets this week. This is the cheapest game of this stretch, and ticket prices have decreased 8% in the past 7 days.

12/07/15 at Memphis Grizzlies| Average Price: $98.88| Get-in Price: $8.00

The most expensive game of this stretch is also the toughest for the Miami Heat as they travel to Memphis to take on Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis is one of the best teams in the NBA. They own the Eastern Conference’s best record at 15-2, and are allowing the least amount of points per game in the NBA. The 2013 Defensive Player of the Year will pose a huge challenge for Miami on both sides of the floor, as he is averaging 20.1 points per game as well as 8.1 rebounds. Miami is going to have to find a way to contain Gasol and power forward Zach Randolph, who is averaging a double-double this season. Chris Bosh and the Miami big-men are going to have to play their best game of the season if they want to leave Memphis with a victory. Fans are paying $98.88 on average for this game, and prices have increased by 13% from a week ago. Luckily, you can get into the arena for $8.00, which is the lowest get-in price of this stretch.

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Looking Ahead To Super Bowl XLIX Tickets


Although it’s week 13 of the NFL season is just coming to a close, the big one is coming sooner than it feels. However, it doesn’t seem like there is one team that everyone is picking to make it to the big game. Arizona looked like it could be that team early in the season, but the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer has significantly decreased Arizona’s chances of advancing to the Super Bowl. Seattle, the defending champions, had a slow start to their season, but they are starting to pick things up and are looking like they have a shot to repeat. New England had looked unstoppable, until they fell 26-21 at Green Bay on Sunday. Green Bay has looked great recently, but has not played as well on the road. Denver started hot, but has significantly cooled down after a few injuries to running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball. Whoever does end up advancing will have earned it, but it seems like whoever is playing their best football at the end of the year will be in the big game in Glendale, Arizona.

According to RazorGator, and as of today, Super Bowl tickets are going for an average price of $3,218.95. Keep in mind that prices will change as we approach the big game. Fans can get into the stadium for $1,689.00. As of today, this price is less than last years game in New York, which was going for an average price of $3,375.88 to see the Seahawks and the Broncos. The get-in price was cheaper than it is this year, at only $1,278.00. Super Bowl ticket prices have been trending upwards. In 2010, the average price for a ticket to the big game was $2,679 for the Saints and the Colts. In 2013, fans were paying $3,152 for the game between the Ravens and the 49ers.

The last time that the University of Phoenix Stadium played host to the Super Bowl, Eli Manning and David Tyree hooked up for one of the most amazing pass plays in NFL history. That 17-14 game ruined the then-18-0 Patriots chance at perfection. This will be the second time that the Super Bowl will be played in Glendale, and if this game is anything like the last Super Bowl played there, it should be a real treat for the fans.

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Knicks Begin Week With Battle For New York Before Hosting King James

espite being led by the one time scoring champion Carmelo Anthony and new team President and 11 time NBA champ “The Zen Master” Phil Jackson, the Knicks have underperformed. The team currently posts an awful 4-14 record at this point in the season. With hopes of making the playoffs looking bleak the feeling about the team has seen Knicks tickets start to
12/2 vs Brooklyn Jersey Nets  | Avg. Price: $191.65 | Get-in  Price: $36| Trend -15% 
The Battle of New York will not be receiving the amount of coverage as past seasons. Although still rivals, the Madison Square Garden will be playing host to two teams with more wins than losses. Knicks tickets for this game is well below the season average, posting an average price of $191.65 and a get in value of $36. The average price is 30% below the average value for the season and prices have been trending downward by 15%
12/4 vs Cleveland Cavaliers | Avg. Price $386.48 | Get-In Price: $90| Trend -15% 
This game with the high-powered Cleveland Cavaliers is sure to be one to attract many of the celebrity filled New York City. Lebron James and Carmelo’s rivalry can be traced back to their days in High School. That is thought to be the cost of the lucrative average ticket price of $365.48 and get in price of $90. The average price is 60% above the league average. However the price is trending downward by 15%, perhaps due to the disappointment of the New York Knicks.
12/5 @ Hornets | Avg. Price 144.62 |Get-In Price 20 | Trend -14% 
Time Warner Cable Arena will play host to the Knicks and Hornets on the fifth of December. The Hornets are a team in disarray having lost their last 9 games in a row to date (12/1). The average ticket price is  $144.62 with a get in price of $20. The average price is 40% bellow the season average and is trending 14% downward.
12/7 vs Blazers | $194.16 | Get-in Price $54.50 | Trend -10% 
This looks to be a tough game for ‘Melo as they go up against the high powered offence of the Blazers lead by Damien Lillard and All Star LaMarcus Aldridge. The average ticket price is $194.16 a 20% decreases from their average value this season. The get in price for the game is $54.50 and the average trend is heading downward 10%.
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Patriots Look To Bounce Back Against The Surging Chargers This Sunday

As the class of the NFL for over a decade it is no surprise that again the Patriots are regarded as a top tier team in the league. After 7 straight wins the Patriots suffered finally a loss at the hands of the white hot Packers in an ice-cold Lambeau Field. This coming weekend they travel to the west coast to challenge the Chargers in the San Diego sun, who are trying to keep themselves in playoff position. Each of these teams desperately needs a win and a battle of 2 of the AFC’s best quarterbacks in Phillip Rivers and the great Tom Brady has been bolstering the secondary markets average prices.
According to RazorGator the average ticket price of this game will be $452.76, San Diego’s highest priced home game this year as well as the most expensive Patriots ticket of any game they play in. That price is more than 150% higher than their season average.  The get in price is 231 as the game is trending upward 11% with less than a week until kickoff.
The faceoff of these two Pro-Bowl quarterbacks will be the main storyline heading into this weekend’s matchup. However, three weeks into the season when Tom Brady looked as if his and his teams decade long dynasty would be nearing a close, but since then it appears as if Brady and Belichick seam to have righted the ship. With the return of a fully healthy Rob Gronkowski the Patriots seem ripe for another Super Bowl run. Especially with the help of a strangely potent New England rushing attack by the three capable backs Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray.
Sunday’s game will be the first meeting between the two since September of 2011 where Brady and New England’s high-powered offence put up 35 points in a two-touchdown victory against the Chargers.  New England will hope to keep their hunt for the number 1 seed in the AFC alive, while spoiling the Chargers playoff chances in the process.
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Riding ‘Sonic Highways’ with the Foo Fighters

For Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters, the making of their latest album, Sonic Highways, was indeed a journey.
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The new College Football Playoff, and what it all means

College Football Playoff 2015

Every team in the top 25 has just enough football acne to require a dab of Clearasil.

- Gene Wojciechowski, “BMOC,” 11/17/2014

If nothing else, the new College Football Playoff system, which replaces the Bowl Championship Series that was used to determine the national champion Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly known as Division I-A) from 1998 through January of this year) team, has gotten fans talking (second-guessing?) the rankings of the March Madness-style selection committee ever since the first poll came out at the end of October.
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Get ready to ‘Ride Out’ with the legendary Bob Seger

He’s been in music for over 50 years. He’s a member of both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame. His biggest hits are rock (and oldies) staples. And now, he’s preparing to Ride Out – with a tour to support a new album.
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San Antonio May Be The Defending NBA Champions But Spurs Tickets Still Remain Among NBA’s Cheapest

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan

The San Antonio Spurs are looking to do something this season they’ve never accomplished, win back to back NBA Championships for the first time in the Popovich/Duncan era.  The Spurs however, have not played consistently so far this season as they come into Wednesday’s game against Cleveland with a 6-4 record.  However, the Spurs have had to deal with a number of injuries to their key players such as Patty Mills being out with shoulder injury, Kawhi Leonard has missed games, Marco Bellini and Tiago Splitter are currently out with injuries but could return later this week.  It’s still a long way to go so there’s no major concern for the Spurs as they just have to find a way to get healthier and are expected to be back in the playoffs to their defend their title.  As is expected, the cost for Spurs tickets on the secondary market is not very high when compared to the rest of the league. The season average in San Antonio is just $118.

The top priced Spurs game this season is on March 12, when Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the AT&T Center to take on the defending champs.  Spurs tickets for this game have a current average price of $311.63 on the secondary market, which is a 150% premium compared to the Spurs overall home average.  The get-in price for this game is $53 as this game marks as the one on the Spurs schedule with an average asking price of over $300.

On Christmas Day, San Antonio will host rival and Western Conference foe the Oklahoma City Thunder at AT&T Center.  Like the Spurs, OKC has had to deal with a multitude of injuries which has affected their win to loss column due to their two star players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missing significant time because of injuries.  Spurs tickets against the Thunder have a current average price of $214.58 on the secondary market, a 73% over the home average, with a get-in price of $41.  According to Razorgator, this is the only other game on the Spurs home schedule with an average asking price of over $200.

The third most expensive Spurs game this season is on December 12 when the Los Angeles Lakers visit AT&T Center to face off against the Spurs.  The Lakers are having their worst start in franchise history as Spurs tickets for this game have a current average price of $199.35 on the secondary market, which is a 60% over the Spurs home average, with a get-in price of $36.

On December 28, the Spurs welcome division rival the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center as the Rockets have gotten to a quick start displaying some explosion on offense as they are a very dangerous team in the Western Conference.  Spurs tickets for this matchup have a current secondary average price of $192.35, a 54% premium over the home average, with a get-in price of $34.

Finally, the Spurs will host the Chicago Bulls on March 8 at the AT&T Center in this intriguing East vs West matchup between two really good teams.  Spurs tickets against the Bulls have a current average price of $187.57 on the secondary market, which is 50% over the home average, with a get-in price of $29.

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Despite Early Season Struggles Lakers Tickets Still Among Priciest In NBA


The Los Angeles Lakers (1-9) are off to their worst start in Franchise history as patience is wearing thin for Head Coach Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant.  The lack of defense for the Lakers has been the primary issue to their woes allowing 112.1 points per game, which is the league’s lowest ranked defense.  Kobe Bryant since returning from two injury plagued seasons has been on a tear in shot attempts, attempting 244 field goals which is 26 more shots anyone else has taken in the league.  Still, despite an early season struggle, Lakers tickets have not suffered on the secondary market as according to Razorgator, Lakers games have a current home average of $230.03, which is one of the more expensive average asking prices in the league.  Some of the most expensive games for Lakers tickets will have average asking prices over $300, as below is a preview of what’s to come for the top five most expensive Lakers games at Staples Center this season.

The top priced game for the Lakers this season is on January 15 when Lebron  James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for the first meeting of the season between these two ball clubs.  Lakers tickets against the Cavaliers have a current average price of $450.97 on the secondary market, which is a 96.4% over the Lakers home average, with a get-in price of $90.  This is the only game of the season for which Lakers tickets have an average asking price of over $400.

For the second most expensive game, the Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center on March 1. OKC is battling through some injuries to their star players to start the season, but by this time Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should be back on the floor and healthy.  Lakers tickets in this matchup have a current secondary average price of $315.38, a 37.1% over the home average, with a get-in price of $29.

The third most expensive Lakers game will be the battle of Los Angeles basketball as the Clippers will face off against the Lakers on April 5Lakers tickets for this game have a current average price of $307.23 on the secondary market, which is 33.5% over their home average as the Clippers have been the superior Los Angeles basketball team the past few seasons.

On January 29, the Chicago Bulls visit the Staples Center in Pau Gasol’s return to the Lakers home floor for the first time in a Bulls uniform. Gasol spent six seasons with the Lakers winning two NBA Championships.  Lakers tickets against the Bulls have a current average price of $301.27 on the secondary market, a 30.9% over the home average, making it the last game on the Lakers schedule with an average asking price of over $300.

Finally, the fifth most expensive Lakers game this season is on December 23 when the Golden State Warriors visit the Staples Center as Lakers tickets for this game have a current secondary average price of $277.33, which is a 20.5% over the home average with a get-in price of $36.

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W2W4: College Basketball Edition

Forget the exhibition games against Division III and NAIA squads.  Now is when the Road to Indianapolis starts for earnest, for well north of 300 Division I college basketball teams.  Here’s five things to watch this season.
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